Notary Public Service Policy

The Calloway County Public Library offers free notary public services for the benefit of the residents of our community. Library notaries are scheduled to work during the library’s regular hours of operation.

Notary service is not available in the 30 minutes prior to time of closing. Notary service is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The following guidelines will be followed in the provision of this service.

  1. Valid photo identification is required of any patron seeking notary service. Notaries cannot pre-date or post-date an action, prepare a legal document, or give advice on legal matters, or notarize documents in which they have a personal interest.
  2. Notaries are limited to three documents per person, per visit.
  3. The library will not provide witnesses, and witnesses may not be solicited from patrons using the library. In order to serve as a witness, the witness must personally know the person whose document is being notarized and must be in possession of valid photo identification.
  4. Since the notary must be able to read and understand what he or she has been asked to notarize, documents in any language other than English will not be notarized at the library.
  5. Certain public documents cannot be copied and notarized. Examples include birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates.
  6. Notaries will not provide service if a patron, document, or circumstance of the request for notary service raise any issue of authenticity, ambiguity, doubt, or uncertainty for the library. In this event, the library notary may, at his or her sole discretion, decline to provide notary service. Notary service is not available for deeds, titles, wills, living wills, codicils, depositions, mortgages, or other real estate closing documents.

The Calloway County Public Library Board reserves the right to alter this policy without prior notice.